Consulting Foreign Affairs Archives in France and America

  • Una Bergmane
Part of the The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy book series (SPIRP)


This chapter explains the possibilities that the use of archival sources opens for the advancement of international relations research. It gives an overview of the structure and modus operandi of French and US Diplomatic archives and explains the legal procedures that should be undertaken in order to obtain access to still-classified documents. In the conclusion some practical tips for the first steps in primary source research are given.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Una Bergmane
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  1. 1.Mario Einaudi CenterInternational Studies Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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